TikTok introduces AI avatars

PLUS: New AI model predicts anxiety levels

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

TikTok just launched its AI ‘Symphony’ toolkit, and the content creation game is about to change in a major way.

With digital avatars, translation features, a chatbot and more, the line between human and AI is blurring – but will consumers trust what machines are selling? Let’s dive in…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • TikTok brings AI to content creation

  • Meta releases four new models

  • Use AI to find + create posts on LinkedIn

  • AI model predicts anxiety levels

  • 6 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

TIKTOK

Image source: TikTok

The Rundown: TikTok just launched Symphony, a new suite of AI features to help brands and creators produce content more efficiently on the platform — including digital avatars, translation tools, an AI assistant, and more.

The details:

  • Symphony Digital Avatars enable brands to generate AI spokespeople to star in their TikTok ads and branded content across multiple languages.

  • Brands can choose from a selection of ‘stock avatars’ based on real actors or create custom avatars to serve as virtual brand reps.

  • A new AI Dubbing tool automatically transcribes, translates, and dubs videos into 10+ languages, helping brands scale content globally.

  • TikTok’s Creative Assistant has been rebranded to Symphony Assistant, a chatbot to help with brainstorming, writing scripts, and optimizing content for the platform.

Why it matters: The creator economy is about to be completely remade with AI, and these tools will unlock new opportunities for optimized content, reach, and creation — but the rise of digital ‘spokespeople’ will also raise new questions on authenticity and consumer trust that brands will need to grapple with.

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META

Image source: Meta FAIR

The Rundown: Meta's Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) group just published an array of new open-source AI models and techniques, including releases for multimodal language tasks, text-to-music and audio, detecting synthetic speech, and more.

The details:

  • Chameleon is a family of language models (7B and 34B parameters) that can handle image, audio, and text inputs together — previously introduced in May.

  • JASCO is Meta's new controllable text-to-music model, allowing for granular input controls to guide music generation.

  • AudioSeal is the first audio watermarking model specifically for detecting AI-generated speech, released under a commercial license.

  • Meta's Multi-Token Prediction model aims to improve code autocompletion by predicting multiple tokens at a time, improving speed and capabilities.

Why it matters: Meta just released a wealth of new open-source goodies, continuing to advance research across the AI landscape. AudioSeal’s AI-audio detection will be particularly interesting to watch, given the industry’s struggle to reliably ID other content like text and images.

AI TRAINING

The Rundown: Taplio is an AI-powered tool that helps you find trending LinkedIn content for inspiration and easily create your own engaging posts.

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  3. Craft your post from scratch or continue writing your draft with the help of their AI Assistant

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AI RESEARCH

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The Rundown: Researchers at the University of Cincinnati just developed a new AI system that can predict anxiety levels using a short picture rating task and a small set of demography and psychological variables.

The details:

  • Comp Cog AI combines principles from psychology with machine learning to measure human decision-making patterns related to anxiety.

  • Participants rate a series of emotion-evoking pictures and answer a few contextual questions about their age, income, employment, etc.

  • The model extracts 15 ‘judgment variables’ that capture patterns in how users weigh positive and negative outcomes in decision-making.

  • In tests, the model predicted whether participants had higher or lower anxiety with up to 81% accuracy.

Why it matters: While anxiety disorders are extremely prevalent, they’re also often challenging and time-consuming to diagnose. With AI’s ability to connect data patterns and achieve reliable predictions, the tech could soon enable more efficient screenings to streamline assessment and treatment time.

NEW TOOLS & JOBS

  • ⚡️ Notion AI connectors - Link your Slack and Google Drive to Notion AI

  • 👩‍🎤 Hedra - Create expressive talking, singing, and rapping characters from images

  • 🚀 La Growth Machine - Personalized multi-channel sales automation

  • 🎓 The Leap - Build bite-sized learning products using AI

  • 📝 Drip - Journaling with AI-powered insights

  • 🧑‍💼 Kona - A Slack-based leadership coach for remote managers

  • 🎉 Anthropic - Head of Events

  • 📚 Tempus - Analyst, NEXT Strategy & Operations

  • 🎨 Fiddler AI - Staff UI/UX Designer

  • 👥 Glean - GTM Recruiter

QUICK HITS

ElevenLabs launched new open-source text and video-to-sound effects apps and APIs, allowing users to generate audio based on text prompts or reference videos.

Nvidia became the world’s most valuable company in the world after a rise in stock price brought the chipmaker’s valuation to $3.34T, overtaking Microsoft.

Apple published 20 new Core ML models and 4 datasets on Hugging Face, enabling builders to create advanced on-device AI applications.

Figure AI CEO Brett Adcock announced Cover, an advanced AI hardware project in partnership with NASA aiming to help prevent school shootings using imaging scanners for concealed weapon detection.

Hedra introduced a preview of its Character-1 model, with the ability to generate unlimited length videos of expressive talking-head avatar videos that can talk, sing, and rap.

Factory announced new updates and a $15M raise for its AI that automates development tasks like generating software features, reviewing code, and solving bugs.

THAT’S A WRAP

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